The Grade Book: “This is the End”

This is the End

Plot: While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Franco, and other celebrities are put to the test when apocalyptic things begin to occur. 

Directors: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. 

Writers: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (based on the short film Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse by Jason Stone). 

Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, and Emma Watson. 

Genres: Comedy, Action, Horror.

Running Time: 1 hour and 47 minutes.

U.S. Release Date: June 12th, 2013.

MPAA Rating: R.

 

WE LIVE FILM GRADE AVERAGE: B+

AMOUNT OF REVIEWS IN THE GRADE BOOK: 18

(Lowest Grade Given to the Film: C, Highest Grade Given to the Film: A)

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: This is the End will likely not be enjoyed by non-fans of the cast, but others will be highly entertained by its hilarious and wild ideas.

 

REVIEWS:

  • Christian Becker:

Grade: A

A funny and raunchy good time filled with lots of self aware gags and pop culture references. Not only the best comedy of the year, but it’s one of the best movies of the year all together.

  • Cody Dollarhide:

Grade: B+

My sides literally hurt from how hard I laughed at parts. Some of the parts seemed unscripted, and I have to say that is my favorite kind of humor. It would have been a solid A if the ending wasn’t so ridiculous and James Franco’s man crush on Seth Rogan wasn’t such an overplayed joke. On the other hand, I loved it, and with the exception of Micheal Cera, everyone played the role that they are stereotyped as in their movies. This movie really sets the bar for comedies to come.

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: A

Solid entertainment. The script for this movie is so well written. The jokes were well-placed and were fun. I was impressed with the cameos that were in the film. Emma Watson killed it and mesmerized me. The six leads had wonderful chemistry. It will be regarded as one of the best comedies to come out this year. And, I will recommend this to anyone who loves any of the leads in the film.

  • Adriana Floridia:

Grade: A

A hilarious take on the apocalyptic film genre, This is the End works as a great satire not just of the end of the world, but of the way we see celebrities and the way they see themselves. It also pokes fun at religion in a tasteful way. It is endlessly funny, has great cameos, and any fan of the actors in the film are sure to love it.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):

 

Grade: B

My grade might go up as time passes, but, even though this film did not change the world of comedy for me, I laughed throughout the entire time and had a blast watching it. I also can’t help but think about a lot of my favorite scenes and jokes from the movie! The funniest film of the year so far!

  • Mike Holtz (WeWatchedAMovie):

Grade: A


At one point I was literally hoping it would stop because my stomach was in pain from laughing so hard. This is the Mount Everest of dirty jokes.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: C
A comedy that has a novelty idea, which eventually just wears out its welcome. All the actors do a good-enough job in the movie, but a lot of the comedy just wasn’t funny. This felt like they were just throwing together random jokes for the sake of being unpredictable.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: A
Do you enjoy the comedic actors present? Do you enjoy the action of a summer blockbuster and an apocalyptic invasion? Do you enjoy just simply having fun? Well then, this film is most certainly for you!

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: B+

Despite dragging a little bit and some of the humor not working, This is the End is a hysterical laugh riot with some of the best visual gags, penis jokes, pop culture references, and surprise cameos this year. Definitely worth going to see, unless you’re not a fan of any of these actors — in which case, you probably won’t enjoy it as much.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: C

While this might be a laugh-out-loud riot for those who enjoy infantile humor, I personally didn’t find all that much about the film to be hilarious. The movie does, however, have a fun premise and the homage aspects to horror, disaster, and end of the world movies make this film at least watchable for me. This is definitely one of those films that if you enjoy the previous outings by Rogen, Hill, Franco, McBride, and the rest of the gang then, you will definitely enjoy this. While it didn’t make me laugh, I didn’t leave the theater hating it either.

  • Steven Merced (Geeked Out):

Grade: B+

This is the End is the raunchy comedy we have been wanting for years. It relies on laughs-per-minute and great chemistry to make the experience worth the price of admission. This is a movie brought to us by the Apatow gang, so go to it expecting a ton of profanity and gross out humor. If that’s your kind of comedy, I can easily see you loving this movie. On the other hand, if it’s not your style, I can see you despising it. The movie drags a bit in small sections, which holds it back from being perfect. That said, it’s still one of the, if not the, best comedy of the year.

  • Kevin Morrison:

Grade: C

For those that liked Pinapple Express: B+. For those that didn’t: D+. If you like raunchy stoner comedy with these actors, you’ll probably like it. If you like these actors in other movies or are looking for a smart parody, then there isn’t much here for you. It depends on your taste.

  • Jake Peffer:

Grade: A-

One of the most original plot lines you’ll see this year. The cast here is at the top of their game, almost every joke lands wonderfully, and it will have you laughing non-stop. Tons of great cameos make for a lot of fun as well, especially the end cameo that may be one of the best cameo appearances ever.

  • Alex Perez:

Grade: A-

An easy contender for “Best Comedy of 2013!” Despite a few jokes falling flat here and there and some slight pacing issues, This is the End is absolutely hilarious, very well made, and extremely fun to watch!

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: A-

Without a doubt this is the funniest film of 2013…so far. All of the actors do a fantastic job and it really looks like they were having fun on set poking at each other. I haven’t laughed this hard since I saw Ted last year. The World’s End has a tough bar to beat. Fantastic directorial debut from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: A-

This is the End is one of the funniest and most insane comedies to come out in the past few years. The cast is energetic and hilarious, and it is great to see them make fun of themselves, celebrity lifestyles, and many other things in sharp and ridiculous ways. The horror and apocalyptic elements were also very entertaining. A few jokes do fall flat, and not everyone will enjoy the brand of humor (namely non-fans of the cast), but I loved it.

  • Brandt Sohn:

Grade: B+

 An extremely raunchy satire that ultimately becomes one giant inside joke. Raunchy comedies only work when they have enough heart to back up the gags, and, fortunately, this story does. The set pieces go to the extremes in pushing the boundaries of a humorous take on the apocalypse and what a group of friends would do to survive. The second half goes in places that the viewer will never expect, and is as “meta” as a comedy can possibly be. A movie that will not be for everyone, but judging strictly on what this comedy was trying to do, it definitely succeeded with enough clever and low-brow jokes to please fans of nearly every kind of humor there is.

  • Delon Villanueva:

Grade: A-

When it comes to raunchy R-rated comedies this year, this movie truly sets the bar. It’s endlessly hilarious in its fearless approach to turn the genre on its head, from spoofing horror and apocalyptic films to making fun of the egotistical Hollywood lifestyle. Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen finally get to show off their directorial talent, and I am SO pumped for their next project. It’s the funniest comedy since 21 Jump Street.

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